White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday insisted that President Donald Trump hasn’t gotten enough credit for being tough on Russia, despite the fact that Trump has never once personally criticized the country.
“The irony of this situation is that the President has been incredibly tough on Russia,” Spicer said while commenting on the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down after revelations that he had lied about talking with Russia’s ambassador about American sanctions against the country.
Given Trump’s repeated past praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin, many Twitter users erupted in howls of laughter after Spicer touted the president’s supposed “toughness” against the country.
A sample of the top reactions follows below.
— Pat Benjamin (@PatBenjamin_) February 14, 2017
— Regi Brittain (@RegiBrittain) February 14, 2017
— Vindra (@nylitgirl) February 14, 2017
Spicer: "Irony is President Trump has been incredibly tough on Russia."
— Anau Jiram (@anaujiramtv) February 14, 2017
He didn't even send Putin roses this Valentine's Day. https://t.co/eSBGIB3xRL
— Mark Salter (@MarkSalter55) February 14, 2017
— Rachel Jogo (@idreamofgoodgov) February 14, 2017
"The President has been incredibly tough on Russia" @seanspicer 2/14/17… I LOL. I LMFAO. I ROF. I peed my pants. No wonder SNL skyrocket!
— Shilouette2017 (@Shilouette2017) February 14, 2017
Flynn resigned? Russia missiles deployed? Russian spy ship found 70 miles off US coast?
Sean Spicer, Trump, and GOP are like: pic.twitter.com/syeePJ23Rx
— Michael ❄️ (@MikeTheAverage) February 14, 2017
Spicer claims Trump's "tough on Russia". Tough as in letting them only have 1 national security secret this week instead of 2?
— InsaneClownPresident (@InsaneClownPrez) February 14, 2017
Spicer's idea of Trump being hard on Russia pic.twitter.com/T0oADOHVhY
— Karyn Brown (@KarynKaryn2543) February 14, 2017